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Confirmation 2023

We are planning our Confirmation programme for those who would like to be confirmed this year – that is current year 8 and up.

If this is you, please download, save and complete this Microsoft Word form and then email your completed form to Ansti Corellis at anstic2018@yahoo.com so we can contact you.

If you are unable to download and edit the above Word form, you can send an email to Ansti with the details as shown in this pdf version of the form (non-editable)

The sacrament will take place on Saturday 8 July 2023 at Christ the King Church. Further information can be obtained from Canon Matthew at matthew@3churches.org .

We are always looking for people to help run the course. If you think you could help in this important stage of our young people’s formation then please let Canon Matthew know.

Volunteer Recognition 2023 – saying ‘thank you’

Volunteers Week

The Archdiocese of Cardiff would like to invite you to nominate your volunteers, individuals or teams, to receive a ‘thank you’ for the great work they do. 

Anyone can nominate, so please do share widely.  All will receive a certificate with letter of thanks. 

  • Young People
  • Volunteer Individuals
  • Volunteer Teams
  • Specialist Volunteers
  • Emergency Voluntary Response
  • Lifetime Volunteers

There’s a full explanation of each category on the Archdiocese of Cardiff website.

You can nominate quickly via Survey Monkey, by email return using the Microsoft Word form or even write your nomination by hand and post it to Gareth Simpson, Volunteer Recognition, Archbishop’s House, 41/43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HD.  There are ways to include everyone if you wish by making using of the ‘Teams’ category.

This will be the third year of this initiative and the recognition is always well received.

More details are available on the Archdiocese of Cardiff website.

Closing date for nominations is Monday 17 April 2023.

Woman at the Well

This reflection is based on today’s Gospel – the Samaritan Woman. To hear a dramatic reading of it go to youtu.be/5y2GlmTxpkM or thecanonsstall.blogspot.com

I am a woman of no distinction, of little importance. I am a woman of no reputation save that which is bad. You whisper as I pass by and cast judgmental glances, though you don’t really take the time to look at me, or even get to know me. For to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known. Otherwise what’s the point in doing either one of them in the first place?

I WANT TO BE KNOWN. I want someone to look at my face And not just see two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears; But to see all that I am, and could be – all my hopes, loves and fears. But that’s too much to hope for, to wish for, or pray for, so I don’t, not anymore. Now I keep to myself, and by that I mean the pain that keeps me in my own private jail, the pain that’s brought me here at midday to this well.

To ask for a drink is no big request, but to ask it of me? A woman unclean, ashamed, used and abused, an outcast, a failure, a disappointment, a sinner. No drink passing from these hands to your lips could ever be refreshing, only condemning, as I’m sure you condemn me now. But you don’t. You’re a man of no distinction; though of the utmost importance. A man with little reputation, at least so far. You whisper and tell me to my face what all those glances have been about, and you take the time to really look at me. But don’t need to get to know me.

For to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known. And you know me. You actually know me; all of me and everything about me. Every thought inside and hair on top of my head; every hurt stored up, every hope, every dread. My past and my future, all I am and could be. You tell me everything, you tell me about me! And that which is spoken by another would bring hate and condemnation. Coming from you brings love, grace, mercy, hope and salvation. I’ve heard of one to come who could save a wretch like me, and here in my presence, you say I AM He. To be known is to be loved; And to be loved is to be known. And I just met you. But I love you. I don’t know you, but I want to get to.

Let me run back to town, this is way too much for just me. There are others: brothers, sisters, lovers, haters, the good and the bad, sinners and saints, who should hear what you’ve told me; who should see what you’ve shown me; who should taste what you gave me; who should feel how you forgave me. For to be known is to be loved; And to be loved is to be known. And they all need this, too. We all do. Need it for our own..

By Student Life Creative

His prayer – and ours

Prayer is one of the big themes of Lent, and Jesus taught us his own prayer – to be ours. Here are some thoughts about it, bit by bit…

Our Father who art in heaven – We are talking to God who is “dear father” or “ dad” who loves us, not some neutral distant deity

Hallowed be thy name – Jesus starts with praise and worship, not by asking for something, as we so often do. This puts us in right relationship with God,

Thy kingdom come – This is one of Jesus favourite words. But what does it mean? Heaven? The afterlife? Some paradise?

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven The Kingdom is wherever God’s will is being carried out – perfectly through Jesus and in heaven. We are to bring about the Kingdom on earth by following God’s will day by day.

Give us this day our daily bread – As we pray for the coming of the Kingdom, we ask the Lord to supply our daily needs, symbolized by bread. This would also include of course the Eucharist.

And forgive us our trespasses – Now we ask for the healing of our relationship with God through forgiveness, one of Our Lord’s most important themes

As we forgive those who trespass against us – We ask the Lord to help us to forgive others as we are forgiven. Perhaps his forgiveness can only get through to us in proportion to how we forgive others…

And lead us not into temptation – Generally agreed to not be a perfect translation of the original, because God can’t lead us into temptation! “Do not put us to the test” might be better. We are weak human beings, easily tempted and quick to fall, we need help.

But deliver us from evil – Modern scholars tell us that this is personification of evil, perhaps better translated as “The evil one”.

So we can see a beautiful movement in this great prayer. We start from God, then pray His Kingdom down to earth. As it comes, we ask God to support us day by day. We then remember our relationships, with God and with our neighbour, as the Kingdom prompts us. Finally we move out into the future, asking for the Lord’s ongoing protection and strength.

There we have it – the prayer of the Lord, the Lord’s Prayer.

Fr Matthew

Lent – with all your heart

In the Gospel on Ash Wednesday we heard Our Lord speak about almsgiving, prayer and fasting. These are the three traditional practices of Lent. But there are many ways of carrying them out, and we looked at many of them in the newsletter last weekend. Some of those may have surprised you, but here are some more traditional aspects of our annual journey through Lent.

Stations of the Cross

We have two opportunities each week to follow the last journey of Our Saviour, the way to Calvary. Each Friday at 9am we follow the traditional format at St Paul’s. Each Saturday at 9.30am we follow the Stations step by step, a few stops each week, pausing to reflect with thoughts from parishioners, quiet, and music.

Reconciliation

In addition to our normal Confession times of Friday 10am at St Paul’s, Saturday 10 at St Brigid’s and Saturday 5.40pm at Christ the King, there will be a Reconciliation Service at St Paul’s on Wednesday 15th March at 7pm.

Fasting and Almsgiving

CAFOD Family Fast Day is Friday 3rd March this year. You may like to support our monthly free Food Market, with a donation, or contribute towards the earthquake fund for Turkey and Syria.

Holy Week

Make sure in good time that you are able to attend the very special services of Holy Week. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be on Maundy Thursday evening 6th April 7.30 at St Brigid’s. The Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion is on Good Friday afternoon 7th April 3pm at Christ the King and St Paul’s. The Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter will be at Christ the King Saturday 8th April.

There are many other ways to observe this season. Do not let it slip by – listen to the plea of the Lord in the first reading on Ash Wednesday “Come back to me with all your heart.”

Fr Matthew

Lent is coming…

Fast from judging others,
feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences;
feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness;
feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness;
feast on the healing power of God
Fast from words that pollute;
feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent;
feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger;
feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism;
feast on optimism.
Fast from discouragement;
feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress;
feast on verities that uplift.
Fast from laziness;
feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion;
feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken;
feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow;
feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip;
Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on prayer that sustains life.